Third graders from Oak Bluffs hold up their dictionaries from the M.V. Rotary Club. Photo courtesy of The M.V. Rotary Club
Dictionaries donated to Island youths
As part of a national project, the M.V. Rotary Club recently donated dictionaries for the fifth year in a row to all Island third grade students. The donation is part of the non-profit organization "The Dictionary Project," which, to date, has given out over 1.5 million dictionaries nationwide.
The project began in 1992 when Annie Plummer of Savannah, Georgia, raised money to buy 17,000 books for third-graders. In 1995, Mary French, "The Dictionary Lady," took over the program.
The students are thankful for the dictionaries, which also include world maps, state information, biographies of U.S. presidents, and more. The Rotary Club notes that they appreciate the many thank-you cards they have received.